U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and others have reintroduced legislation to establish term limits for members of Congress. Their legislation would create a constitutional amendment that limits Senators and Congressmen to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two in the U.S. Senate.
"Not allowing individuals to remain in office for an eternity is an important step we need to take to restore confidence in Congress," Vitter said. "Call it Potomac Fever, or whatever you'd like, but the longer some folks are in Washington, the more taxpayer money they want to spend."
"Congress should not be a body of career politicians who have forgotten why they were sent to Washington in the first place," said Toomey. "We are here to do the people's work, to solve the problems we face, and to leave to our children a stronger, safer, more prosperous nation. I kept my promise to serve just three terms in the House of Representatives. I am pleased to cosponsor a Constitutional amendment to enact term limits for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see this through."
Cosponsors of the legislation include U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Vitter, a long-time advocate for term limits, was successful in putting term limits in Louisiana when he was a member of the Louisiana state legislature.